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Should you give things up for a month?

As we reach the end of the first month of 2017, much is being said about “Dry January”, a period in which some people have given up drinking alcohol, in a bid to make up for the excesses of Christmas and New Year, and to kickstart their health regime for 2017.

Now, the next thing is Sugar-free February, which doesn’t need an explanation. No doubt we’ll see a Meat-free March, too…

Sure, it’s a good idea to restrict your consumption of alcohol, sugar, red meat and other tasty things, but is it really beneficial to cut them out totally for a month? I’m not convinced it is.

A month is only four weeks, so what is the point of dropping something totally from your diet for such a short period and then reverting back to your old habits? And, besides, why deprive yourself of something you enjoy?

Far better to live an entire life of moderation. If you like a glass of wine then indulge yourself now and again, but not every day. A glass or two at the weekend isn’t going to do you any harm and it may even benefit you. The same goes for sugar – an occasional bar of chocolate as a well-deserved treat will do wonders for your mood. Just don’t get into the habit of scoffing it on a daily basis. If you like a burger and chips then, again, treat yourself occasionally, but ensure that you eat a healthy diet most of the time.

There’s more advice on health and wellbeing in the Save Your Life book. Please click here for details. 

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The Apple iPhone has been saving our lives for 10 years

Today is the tenth birthday of the Apple iPhone, a device which has changed our lives in that time.

Although the iPhone (and its copycat competitors) has many distractors, who argue that we’ve all become hooked on our smartphones, I would argue that the smartphone has given us freedom. Freedom to take phone calls, send and receive emails, check websites and send messages from anywhere in the world. You no longer have to be chained to a desk to be productive. And that can only be a good thing.

Click here to read more about the Apple iPhone’s launch ten years ago. 

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How to make New Year’s resolutions successful

It’s that time, when we look to the future with hopes and dreams for the coming year. Many of us will make New Year resolutions in the hope of improving our lives. Sadly, though, most of those ambitions, however well meant, will fall by the wayside within a few weeks of Big Ben chiming in 2017.

For instance, you may make resolutions such as “get fit”, “lose weight”, “be happy”, “get rich”. All noble hopes but, in reality, far too vague to ever work. How do you measure “getting fit” and when do you hope to achieve this?

You need to make your goals more specific and give yourself a timescale for achieving them, rather than sometime in the coming year. In fact, rather than the year, let’s set goals for the coming month. For instance:

• Go to the gym twice a week during January.

• Lose 4lb in weight during January.

• Spend an hour a day working on my new business plan during January.

• Spend ten minutes every morning practicing mindfulness during January.

Look at the above goals, and adjust your own New Year’s resolutions to work in the same way. Don’t they seem much easier to achieve now? And once you’ve got through January this way, you can set new or revised goals for the following month, and so on through the year.

Another mistake people fall into is setting unachievable or unpleasant goals. There’s no point saying you’re going to run five miles a day if you’ve done no exercise for years. Far better to start off with, say, a steady one-mile walk three times a day and work up to more ambitious targets. And if you’ve been eating too much chocolate, banning yourself from cocoa-based treats entirely will be no fun, so how about “eat chocolate just once a week during January”?

Of course, some goals can’t be achieved in a month. Maybe you hope to run a marathon in August, in which case you need to set a training programme for the months leading up to the event. Or if you want to write a book, set yourself a weekly target for the number of words you need to write.

Start the New Year like this and you’ll be well on your way to having a better life. The Save Your Life book contains strategies to enable you to free up time to spend on your resolutions and also ways to ensure that you stick with them. It even shows how just two minutes is enough to establish a new habit.

Please click here to order Save Your Life. 

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How many Days of Christmas?

According to Christian teachings (not to mention a popular song), there are twelve days of Christmas – 25th December to 5th January. However, increasingly, we are starting to think about festivities from November onwards.

Now, Christmas is a very special time and something to look forward to. However, there’s a danger of it becoming a time waster. As the holiday approaches, people tend to put things off “until the New Year.”

“I’ll go on a diet…”, “I’ll start at the gym…”, I’ll begin writing my book…”, “I’ll start a new business”… “…in the New Year.”

The trouble is, this means that between now and the New Year becomes a time of limbo when you don’t do anything productive. So instead of waiting, why not start whatever it is right now, so that you are ahead of yourself and hit the ground running come 1st January?

There’s a fair chance you’ll be having a break from work, so you’ll have time on your hands to go something positive, rather than watching endless films on television.

So, how many days of Christmas you’re having, don’t spend them in limbo.

 

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Is it worth doing a seven-minute workout?

Being a lifesaver means saving time and being healthy. Which means doing some exercise, but spending not too much time doing it. So surely a workout that takes just seven minutes has to be the answer?

The seven-minute workout has become quite a craze in the last couple of years, with the argument being that a short intensive bout of exercise is more effective than a longer but less extreme workout. And to help you do this, there is a wealth of apps available for smartphones and smartwatches.

I’ve been using Seven  on the iPhone and Apple Watch, but there are others that all do much the same thing. They take you through a number of 30-second routines with a short interval in between. The idea is to push yourself as hard as you can through each task, so you really are making an effort.

What a seven-minute work out definitely won’t do is burn fat – I manage to get through about 60 calories which is negligible. It will, though, help to tone muscle.

A look online shows a lot of criticism of the seven-minute workout, with people saying that such a short routine can’t make a difference. However, while that may be true of relatively fit people – and they seem to be the ones reviewing the workout – if you tend to do very little exercise at the moment, seven minutes a day of pushing yourself has to be a good thing. Seven minutes is just half a percent of your day – who doesn’t have time for that?

The trick to the seven-minute workout is not to rely just on that but use it as part of your regular fitness routine. Do it every day but include other activities, such as running, cycling or going to the gym when you have more time to spare.

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Time goes by quickly

Two things this evening reminded me of the march of time.

First, my son sent me a link to this video by vlogger Casey Neistat. It’s worth watching as the message is profound, especially if you have children. I’m not sure if my son was trying to tell me something…

Second, my wife discovered the Memories feature on her iPhone. If you’ve not come across this – I hadn’t – it’s part of the Photos app. Click the Memories tab at the bottom of the app and it creates slideshows based on events in your life. It’s clever and it really does bring back, well, memories. A single day in 2006 did it for me – I was shocked to see how young my children looked in the photos.

It made me more determined than even to make the most of life.

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I’m sorry, I don’t eat anything…

I listened to an interview today with a woman who follows a ‘raw paleo’ diet. In other words, she eats only what cavemen ate – raw meat in other words. Although, she also includes eggs and diary, which they wouldn’t have had, and isn’t averse to knocking up a raw chicken curry which, again, I suspect our prehistoric ancestors weren’t too familiar with.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, she also drove 40 miles every week to stock up on water straight from a mountain spring.

Putting aside any potential health risks from eating uncooked meat and the environmental impact of driving to get something that comes freely out of a tap, all this sounds like a lot of time-wasting hassle.

There are lots of fad diets around at the moment, and to follow one means spending valuable time sourcing the appropriate foods and making sure you don’t accidentally consume the wrong ones. It’s also stressful – having to check the labels on any food you buy and not being able to eat out at restaurants without asking the waiter if the steak comes from cows which have been fed only organic grass while being played Mozart. Not to mention how bored your friends and family will be by your harping on about your everything-free diet.

So, unless you have a specific medical reason not to eat a particular food group, then do yourself (and everyone around you) a favour, and just ensure you have a healthy and balanced diet – anything in moderation is a good mantra. You’ll then won’t waste time and won’t get stressed.

Finally, just for fun, here’s a video for you…

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Enjoy the moment – for free

 

It may be a cliche but there’s certainly some truth in the old adage, “The best things in life are free”. Sure, money allows you to buy stuff and, I’d be the first to admit that it’s nice to have some material possessions.

However, it’s hard to beat the free stuff. For instance, this evening, my wife and I headed to the shore to watch the sun setting over the Isle of Wight – a joy that we never tire of. The sunset is different every evening and tonight’s was a stunner, as you can see from the photo above (no, it’s not been filtered!). Strolling along the beach watching the sky changing by the minute was priceless. And, best of all, it didn’t cost us a penny.

What could you do tomorrow that will fill you with joy and is free?

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Your smartphone can save your life

The iPhone is a lifesaving device. It gives you the freedom to work anywhere.

I was sitting on my sofa this evening when my iPhone rang. It was a customer enquiring about a car I was selling through my business. After a few minutes’ chat, he said he’d like to buy it. I texted him bank details and, a few minutes later, I checked my bank account on my phone and, sure enough, the funds had come through.

I then used the phone to update the website at www.philipraby.co.uk to mark the car as ‘Reserved’.

Finally, I posted this blog post using the WordPress app on my phone.

This evening, I was on my sofa, but I could have just as easily been anywhere in the world. Technology frees us.

A smartphone can save your life in many more ways – more will be revealed in the Save Your Life book – please click here for details.

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Are you successful?

What is success? You may say ‘earning lots of money’ but think again. No one will look back on their lives and be pleased they had shed-loads of cash stuffed under the mattress. Of course, having some financial security is nice and allows you to do things you may not otherwise be able to do but there is much more to success than wealth.

An author with the splendid name of Whit Hobbs summed it up nicely with the following quote:

“Success is waking up in the morning, whoever you are, however old or young you are, and bounding out of bed because there’s something out there that you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at – something that’s bigger than you are, and you can’t hardly wait to get at it again today.” 

“Lack of success is waking up in the morning after hitting the snooze button a bunch of times. Doesn’t matter how old or young you are, you feel blah. You slowly get out of bed with a feeling of stress about your day. You may have thoughts going through your mind like – Another day another dollar. I have to get out of bed now and go to my job. Can’t wait for the weekend. I am tired of making someone else’s wallet fat” 

Which of the above applies to you? If you’re not happy with your answer, then you need to take action – now.

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